Mascoll, Murray score tons, as Redwood, Mumby and Wallace also shine:
(By Conroy Reid)Filled with intrigue and with great anticipation, the GSCL bowled off the 2009 season on Sunday with
four games, all played on immaculately prepared fields and under glorious sunny 750F and slight breeze
Intrigue surrounded the off-season acquisition and movement of players, and how the new-look teams
would perform. USACA national coach Clayton Lambert returned to lead McNair Lions, and was joined
by former West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Junior Murray who played for Vibes last year. US national
player Dave Wallace would open the innings for a Vibes team that now included former Jamaica
representative Fredrick Redwood. Leon Garrick who had a brief stint with the West Indies test team
joined UBA which is now led by former Tropical wicketkeeper Errol Brown. Andre Hooper left Vibes to
lead MCC and was joined by Adsyl Hutson – former Vibes captain, along with the Burnett brothers who
previously played for Nashville.
With its new status as a member of USACA in the South East Region, it was highly anticipated that the
GSCL would focus more on harnessing and showcasing the talent in the league to become a viable
participant is US cricket. The expansion to nine teams – Georgia Southern University was accepted for
2009-, the influx of new players, and the addition of two more playing fields is indeed expected to
support the efforts.
And for all of this, the spectators came out in droves.
The day was punctuated with some splendid batting performances as bowlers all around were taken to
the sword : Oriel Mascoll slammed his maiden hundred and the season’s first in MCCs loss against UBA
which had half centuries from Mumby and Tulloch; Junior Murray scored a brilliant 100 n.o in leading
McNair Lions to narrow victory over CSC; Redwood and Wallace introduced themselves to the league
by scoring 96 and 62 respectively as Vibes won on a canter over Nashville; Al Givance had a fine knock
of 63 n.o to lead Tropical in an easy victory over Stone Mountain. Bowling performance of the day went
to Ryan Wong of Tropical with 7-2-17-4.